This is a context from an Anime that I'm watching. One of the characters is citing a passage from the Bible (I'm not sure if it is a verbatim citation). He talks about the story of Noah. The following sentence is after he depicted the great flood and the fact that the only survivors were people in the boat (no, he didn't mention anything about all the fish in the ocean:)). He is saying what God did afterward:
"Then he sent a dove to see if the waters had abated from the surface of the ground"
Research: TFD def for the word "abate"
- To fall off in degree or intensity; subside: waiting for the rain to abate Synonyms for the word "subside"
The first definition conveys only the meaning of decreasing in intensity but the word subside, it mentions, is also a synonym for the words: drop, fall, decline, ebb, descend(source TFD)
My questions are:
- Can the word "abate" be also used as a word subside as in a sentence "Local officials say the flood waters have subsided"?
- If that's the case does the sentence "abated from the surface of the earth" mean that the water dropped to a lower level until disappearing completely?